Stivers has denounced white supremacy before, specifically after Trump said “both sides” were to blame after a protester was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, but he did not mention Trump by name. Republicans have mostly brushed off King’s comments in the past. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, for example, said he’d “like to think” King misspoke, after King tweeted in March of 2017 that “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

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